Airlines will need an average of 23,300 new pilots and 30,000 new maintenance staff per year for the next 20 years to keep up with rising demand, according to a new industry report.
The report, issued by Boeing, claims that commercial aviation industry will require 466,650 new pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel over the next 20 years to accommodate the strong demand for new and replacement aircraft.
The crew assessment forecast is based on Boeing’s Current Market Outlook, which is widely regarded as being the most comprehensive and respected analysis of the commercial aviation market. “When you add up all the numbers, you quickly understand the issues facing this industry,” says Roei Ganzarski, chief customer officer, Boeing Training & Flight Services.
“Our challenge is adapting our training to engage the future generation of people who will fly and maintain the more than 30,000 airplanes that will be delivered by 2029.”
Asia-Pacific looks set to be the biggest growth area, with Boeing predicting that the region will need 180,600 new pilots and 220,000 maintenance staff. This compares to 97,350 pilots and 137,000 maintenance personnel in North America and 94,800 and 122,000 respectively in Europe.